Innovation Watch Newsletter - Issue 8.

24 - November 21, 2009

ISSN: 1712-9834

In the news this week... breakthrough treatment for Multiple Sclerosis... genetically engineered bacteria find landmines... IBM computer emulates brain behavior... augmented reality takes off... newspaper ad revenues continue to fall... innovation moves offshore... Spain mandates universal broadband access... foreign-owned farms find a foothold in Africa... new Asian trade deals favor China... China makes strategic investments in Africa... nanoparticles cause genetic damage in mice... the last ice age happened suddenly... taking on the challenges of the future... pursuing the benefits of biotech... We also feature... a new book by Adam Penenberg, Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves... a link to Young Upstarts, a business and technology blog highlighting young people... an audio clip on the evolution of Google, and how it is changing the world... a blog post by Tim O'Reilly on the future of the Internet... David Forrest

David Forrest advises on emerging trends, and helps to develop strategies for a radically different future

Top Stories: Researcher's Labour of Love Leads to MS Breakthrough [Globe and Mail] New way of thinking about debilitating disease has yielded stunning new treatments –- but MS societies urge sufferers to be cautious before experimenting. Glowing Bugs Could Find Landmines - [BBC] Bacteria which grow green in the presence of explosives could provide a cheap and safe way to find hidden landmines, Edinburgh

scientists say.

Top Stories: IBM Announces Advances toward a Computer that Works Like a Human Brain - [Mercury News] Researchers from IBM and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say they have performed a computer simulation that matches the scale and complexity of a cat's brain, and project members from IBM and Stanford have developed an algorithm for mapping the human brain at new levels of detail. Eventually, scientists hope that detailed knowledge will help them build a computer that replicates the more complex working of a human brain. Augmented Reality Goes Mobile - [Business Week] The technology for meshing digital data with actual images, or augmented reality, makes a jump to smartphones, and the market is taking off.

Top Stories: US Newspaper Ad Revenue Down Nearly 28 Percent [PhysOrg] US newspaper advertising revenue fell by nearly 28 percent in the third quarter, continuing a slide which has led to layoffs, bankruptcies and the closure of several dailies. The Global Innovation Migration - [Business Week] As more U.S. companies send their sophisticated R&D offshore, America must provide worker retraining to maintain its tech leadership.

Top Stories: Spain Makes Broadband a Universal Right - [CBC] The government of Spain is making broadband internet access a universal right, forcing telecommunications companies to provide speeds of at least one megabit per second to all citizens by 2011. Is Africa Selling Out Its Farmers? - [Malaysian Insider] For centuries. farmers like Berhanu Gudina have eked out a living in Ethiopia's central lowlands, tending tiny plots of maize, wheat or barley amid the vastness of the lush green plains. Now, they find themselves working cheek by jowl with high-

tech commercial farms stretching over thousands of hectares tilled by state-of-the-art tractors — and owned and operated by foreigners.

Top Stories: China's End Run Around the U.S. - [Business Week] As more free trade deals exclude America, Beijing could dominate a new Asian trade bloc. China Pledges $10bn in Loans to Africa - [CNN] Wen Jiabao, China's premier, has pledged $10bn in new low-cost loans to Africa over the next three years and defended China's engagement against accusations it is "plundering" the continent's oil and minerals.

Top Stories: Nanoparticles Used in Common Household Items Caused Genetic Damage in Mice - [PhysOrg] Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles, found in everything from cosmetics to sunscreen to paint to vitamins, caused systemic genetic damage in mice, according to a comprehensive study conducted by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Last Ice Age Took Just SIX Months to Arrive - [Daily Mail] It took just six months for a warm and sunny Europe to be engulfed in ice, according to new research.

Top Stories: Racing to the Future - [The Age] Around the world, federal, state, provincial and municipal organisations are in a race to the future. In one way or another, they all face the same set of challenges: navigating in an environment of profound transformation, dealing with mounting complexity and volatility, meeting relentless competition, and manoeuvring in the context of sweeping global change. Synthetic Biology: Why Not Pursuing Crazy Biotech is Dangerous - [Gizmodo] We are at a biological turning point: We can invent organisms to make our drugs and fuel, even recode our DNA. It's easy to run away screaming, but author

Michael Specter says we have to quit whining and face it.

Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves
by Adam L. Penenberg
Read more...

Featured Link: Young Upstarts - Written and edited by Daniel Goh, Young Upstarts is a business and technology blog that champions new ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship. It focuses on highlighting young people and small businesses, celebrating their vision and role in changing the world with their ideas, products and services, at the same time it challenges stale boundaries that restrict entrepreneurship.

Audio Clip - ‘Googled’: Biography Of A Company, And An Age - MP3 - [Fresh Air] Media critic Ken Auletta tracks the development of Google from a search engine to the provider of all things Internet in his new book Googled: The End of the World As We Know It. (30m 21s)

Blog - The War for the Web - [O'Reilly Radar] Tim O'Reilly - "It could be that everyone will figure out how to play nicely with each other, and we'll see a continuation of the interoperable web model we've enjoyed for the past few decades. But I'm betting that things are going to get ugly. We're heading into a war for control of the web."

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